116 truck drivers cited in RI roadway crackdown
Mark Reynolds Journal Staff Writer mrkrynlds
Friday Jun 8, 2018 at 7:29 PM Jun 8, 2018 at 7:29 PM
Authorities inspected 400 commercial vehicles and cited 116 drivers during a 72-hour campaign of inspections carried out in concert with an initiative sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the state police said Friday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Authorities inspected 400 commercial vehicles and cited 116 drivers during a 72-hour campaign of inspections carried out in concert with an initiative sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the state police said Friday.
The wave of inspections and enforcement, dubbed International Roadcheck, was carried out by state police and certified inspectors from local police departments on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, says a news release issued by state police Col. Ann C. Assumpico.
The inspections identified a total of 565 vehicle violations. Two drivers were arrested and charged with operating a commercial motor vehicle with a suspended commercial driver’s license. One operator was charged with possession of marijuana.
Sixty-two vehicles were taken out of service for defects such as flat or underinflated tires.
Twenty-four operators were barred from driving for violations such as driving too many hours without taking the required number of hours of breaks; not maintaining proper log books and records; or not having a medical card, as required, the release says.
Four drivers, it says, were cited with seat-belt violations.
Operators were cited for failing to stop for the roadside inspections, the release says.
The enforcement campaign took place throughout the United States and also in Mexico and Canada.
Its goal is to identify commercial vehicles and drivers who may be putting other motorists at risk, according to state police.
The inspections in Rhode Island were conducted at weigh stations on Route 146 in North Smithfield and on Route 95 in Richmond.